Contract Glossary

  • The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is the primary union contract that spells out the terms and conditions of employment for every person who works a URA-AFT job.  Sometimes the CBA is also referred to as a collective negotiations agreement (CNA).
  • memorandum of agreement (MOA) or memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a general term used for almost any agreement.  It can be used to resolve a dispute or potential dispute.  It can also be used to set new working conditions not already covered by the CBA.  For example, the union may negotiate over a new policy being considered by the University.
  • Predecessor agreement – an earlier version of the CBA that is now archived/expired.  Much of the language of the predecessor agreement continues to appear in the successor and some might be removed completely or modified.
  • Ratification is the process outlined in our constitution for member voting on a tentative agreement.  Only signed dues-paying members have a vote.  
  • A settlement agreement typically resolves a dispute between the union and management.  For example, the union may interpret the CBA language differently than the University or file a grievance over the University’s failure to follow the CBA.
  • A side letter agreement is usually closely associated with language already contained in the CBA and often provides clarifications or modifications of existing CBA language.
  • Successor agreement – the CBA that comes after an earlier version.  It completely replaces the predecessor agreement once it is ratified.  An expired predecessor agreement automatically remains in effect until ratification of the successor.
  • A tentative agreement is a document negotiated jointly by the union’s bargaining team and management’s bargaining team.  It does not take effect unless it is ratified by the union’s members.
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